Is Your Guy’s Snoring Keeping You Up? 11 Ways to Get Some Sleep

Woman and man in bedBy Mary Bolster

Does your partner's snoring keep you awake at night? Try these tips to stop the snoring so you can get some sleep!

Roll Your Snorer Over
Is your guy a back sleeper? If so, it could be causing him to snore. As the tongue relaxes it sinks toward the back of the mouth, blocking airflow, and sleeping on your back makes it even easier for this to happen. What to do? Prod your snorer so he rolls over onto his side. If he's too big for you to push over or just keeps rolling onto his back, stick a long, stiff pillow behind his back to keep him on his side, says Nina Kolstanginova, M.D., of the Hamden Sleep Disorder Center of Connecticut. If that doesn't work, go bigger: Sew a tennis ball into the back of his PJs -- when he rolls on his back, he'll probably turn right back onto his side (or stomach).

Help Him Breathe Better
Nasal strips might not look sexy, but they may help turn your snorer into a silent snoozer. Available over-the-counter at most drug stores, the strips work by opening up blocked airways. They're also helpful if a snorer has a deviated septum (check with an ear, nose and throat doctor for a diagnosis), or if one nostril is narrower than the other.

Go On a Snoring Diet
Sometimes chronic snoring is related to eating spicy meals. The acid in spicy food can irritate the throat and tissues of the upper airways, causing them to collapse, which is when snoring begins. Being overweight is another cause of snoring - too much extra fat around the neck puts pressure on the airways. If you suspect one of those might be the culprit, you can start planning to make healthy changes together. Ease up on spicy food (especially at dinner) and start taking walks after dinner. At mealtime, cut back on red meat and fried food and add more vegetables and healthy oils (think olive oil). Join a gym together or organize social activities around things like bowling, bike riding or tennis.

Stop Unhealthy Habits
Drinking too much alcohol before bedtime can encourage snoring by relaxing the muscles of the upper airways and suppressing breathing. Smoking is also associated with snoring because nicotine can irritate the throat and weaken airway tissue, so urge your partner to quit. Check out these all-natural ways to quit smoking and find out what's fact and what's fiction when it comes to quitting.

Discourage Sleeping Pills
Nix the sleeping pills, at least for him. They may help your partner drift off but he's likely to snore more: Sleep aids relax those throat muscles and lead to some serious noise.

Click here to read the other six ways to get more sleep!

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